Trump’s Sanctions Will Hurt Iran, But How Much?

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by Derek Davison Even after Donald Trump decided to violate the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) by reimposing U.S. sanctions against Iran, he had a range of options. He could, for example, have started small… Continue Reading  

The Day After Leaving the Iran Deal

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by Mitchell Plitnick French President Emmanuel Macron likely wrote the epitaph for the Iran nuclear deal as he was leaving Washington. Based on his statements, U.S. relations with Iran and North Korea as well are becoming increasingly dangerous. “(President Donald… Continue Reading  

One Year On: The Iran Deal Has Fulfilled Its Promise

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by Shemuel Meir The annual Herzliya Conference made headlines a few weeks back simply due to the fact that former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and former Prime Minister Ehud Barak pulled out a no holds barred attack on Benjamin Netanyahu.… Continue Reading  

Brookings: JCPOA “Unlikely” to Cause Regional Arms Race

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by Derek Davison In a newly released report, Brookings Institution fellows Robert Einhorn and Richard Nephew argue that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will not lead to a “proliferation cascade” throughout the Middle East. Instead, their report suggests… Continue Reading  

Cardin’s Bill Softer But Still Toxic

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by Jim Lobe Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) appears to have watered down his “Iran Policy Oversight Act of 2015” in the hopes of wooing more Democrats to support it. But the latest draft, while not as toxic as the first,… Continue Reading